Despite some declines in violence in Iraq, the shaky overall state of security is still impeding the nation's $100 billion recovery and rebuilding effort, a new report said Tuesday.
Reconstruction efforts in Iraq are showing some signs of progress, with electricity production reaching a postwar high in September, according to a report to be released Tuesday.
U.S. casualties in Iraq
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Monday that two of the Democratic candidates will change their minds again about the Iraq war and agree that it was the right decision.
As of Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at least 3,840 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 3,129 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Turkey paraded its military muscle Monday, amid stern warnings from Baghdad that any large-scale Turkish incursion against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq would have "disastrous" results.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday pledged their support for efforts to defuse a crisis between Ankara and Baghdad over PKK rebels based in northern Iraq.
In a corner of northern Iraq, Kurdish militants fighting Turkey thrive, protected by mountains and a complex web of relationships.
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Monday he had told US President George W. Bush during talks in Washington that he disapproved of US policies in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US military on Monday transferred the Shiite holy province of Karbala back to Iraq as a suicide bomber killed 27 policemen in an attack on their headquarters in the restive city of Baquba.